Pumpkin Bars

I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin carving this week to get ready for Halloween. Then last night the Great Pumpkin was on TV. All this pumpkin stuff going on around me made me crave pumpkin bars. Pumpkin is not typically one of my favorite flavors. Someone else can have my slice of pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner! These bars, though, are an exception for me. They’re moist and cake-like in texture, and I love the cream cheese frosting. These bars are very easy to make and they make plenty to share. Just for fun I used a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out the bars just before serving – Pumpkin shaped pumpkin bars. I might be on pumpkin overload! 🙂

4 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Mix eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin in a large bowl. Mix the remaining (dry) ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whip together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Spread on cooled bars.

Happy Halloween!
– Jodi

Gourd Harvest

I grew decorative gourds in my little garden this year and I had so much fun I just had to share these photos. They did kind of take over the rest of the garden, but I enjoyed them so much I didn’t mind. Every couple days it seemed there was a new variety. I really like to decorate around the house with them in the fall, but there were so many I’ve been giving them away. I hope I’m this successful with them again next year!

– Jodi

Pumpkin Cake

About a month ago I agreed to make a child’s birthday cake. I asked what kind of cake I should make, thinking along the lines of Chocolate or Vanilla. She is asking for a Princess cake. 
After much deliberation and some youtube searching I think I have decided to go for something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwqaF8f3VW0
Because I have never attempted anything like this before I thought I better try a smaller version first just for practice. So I made a yellow cake, one 8 inch round and one in a glass bowl.  Since I love fall I decided these two cakes would make a great pumpkin. I frosted both with buttercream frosting, then covered in marshmallow fondant. 
Patricia also wanted to try her hand at decorating with fondant, so she added a face. 🙂

It was messy and fun. I learned a few things too, so hopefully I’ll be ready when it’s time to make that Princess cake!  🙂
– Jodi